One person is dead and another injured following a four-car pileup on Highway 50, according to local sources. The California Highway Patrol confirmed the motor vehicle accident took place the afternoon of Feb. 18. Police say alcohol and drugs are not believed to be contributing factors to the crash, but their investigation is still underway as of this report.
According to the information provided by police, around 1 p.m. a westbound vehicle rear-ended an SUV that had stopped in the fast lane due to heavy traffic. The force of the impact caused the struck vehicle to collide with two other vehicles, at least one of which was another SUV. The driver of the initial vehicle was apparently wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, but nevertheless died of injuries suffered in the accident. This individual has not been identified at this time.
Shockingly, there was only one other individual injured in this crash, the 49-year-old female driver of one of the other vehicles involved. Her injuries were initially described as minor, but she was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Police have not filed charges against anyone involved at this time.
A motor vehicle accident of this type could very well be predicated on legitimate error, especially if intoxication is not considered a factor. However, even injuries that appear minor from the outset can have long-lasting effects on an individual’s health that may not be readily apparent at the time of the injury. This is why California state law allows for an injured party to file suit in civil court against the driver or drivers believed responsible for the accident. In a case where the responsible driver was killed, that suit can be directed against the driver’s estate. Evidence of the driver’s negligence with regard to the crash is required for the court to consider awarding damages to injured parties.